Loads of Weekend Fun in San Diego: November 16-18

“Let It Snow” opens at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center on Friday, November 16, 2012.
Image c/o Reuben H. Fleet Science Center.

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Check out these family-friendly events and activities happening this weekend in San Diego! To find more kid-friendly fun, head on over to SoCal Kids San Diego, a website dedicated to keeping parents in-the-know about family friendly events and activities in San Diego. They also offer a free monthly e-newsletter that highlights local people, places, and events.

All ages will enjoy Let It Snow, opening Friday, November 16, at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center’s Eugene Heikoff and Marilyn Jacobs Heikoff Dome Theater, and playing through the holiday season! Their newest animated holiday digital show features seasonal sights and festive classics from Frank Sinatra and Chuck Berry to Burl Ives and Brenda Lee. It even includes a stunning multi-media finale by the Trans Siberian Orchestra. Immersed in delightful animation and a full-dome giant-screen setting, you just might find yourself singing along! For information on tickets and show times, call (619) 238-1233 or visit them at http://www.rhfleet.org.

The Classics Philharmonic Orchestra and Malashock Dance perform a musical tribute to artist Victor Hartmann in an original production of Modest Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition at the historic Balboa Theatre in Downtown San Diego on Sunday, November 18 at 2 p.m. Classics 4 Kids presents this hour-long concert, engaging an audience of all ages. Ticket prices run $11-$20. For more information, call Classics 4 Kids at 619.231.2311 or visit them online at www.classics4kids.com.

The 7th Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Old Globe on Sunday, November 18, 2012 will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with the presentation of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Designed by Grinch scenic designer John Lee Beatty, the unique tree will be located in the center of the Plaza and will remain for the run of the show. This fun family event will feature a special live performance by members of the Grinch cast and a delightful holiday snowfall on the Globe Plaza. Although the event is free, reservations are required and can be made by contacting the Box Office at (619) 23-GLOBE or Tickets@TheOldGlobe.org.


Elves and the Shoemaker: A shoemaker tries to uncover the mystery of the new shoes appearing in his shop each morning. Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre. 10 & 11:30 a.m. Price: $4/$5.

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Fantasy on Ice: Experience ice skating in the heart of San Diego! Benefits the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. Horton Square. 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Price: $12/$14.

Family Friday: Take a tour with a kid-friendly, do-it-yourself guide through the studio, then head down to the Lux Classroom for a hands-on art project. Recommended for kids ages 4+. Lux Art Institute. 1-4 p.m. Price: Free for members and individuals under 21; $5/non-members.

City of Santee Holiday Lighting: Featuring live music, free kid’s holiday activities, tree lighting ceremony, and more. Santee Trolley Square. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Price: Free admission.

Anything Goes: Presented by the Star Theatre Coast Kids, Anything Goes is a classic musical comedy that takes place aboard a ship full of a wacky group of passengers. Star Theatre. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Price: $7-$15.

Peter Pan: The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike. Featuring Cathy Rigby as Peter Pan. San Diego Civic Theatre. 7:30-10 p.m. Price: Ticket price varies. READ MORE…


Sailor’s Days: Lots of fun things to do such as rope making, knot tying, a scavenger hunt, exploring ships, and more. Maritime Museum of San Diego. 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. through Nov. 25th. Price: Included with admission ($8/$14).

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration: Play in the snow at SnowWorld, enjoy live shows, get immersed in the wonders of the Polar Express 4-D Experience, and don’t miss the pet-stravaganza Christmas Tails show. SeaWorld San Diego. 10 a.m. Price: Included with admission.

Family Arts Program: After a museum tour, you will learn how to quickly sketch the human figure in movement, and then create a “living picture” by posing like the subjects of a work on display. California Center for the Arts, Escondido. 10 – 11:30 a.m. Price: Free.

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New Parent Expo: Over 20 locally owned businesses and organizations will be educating local parents on everything from making organic baby food to finding the right swim lessons. Pacific Beach Public Library. 10 a.m – 2 p.m. Price: Free.

Horse Family Day: Make your own cowboy hat or horse ears, get a horse “tattoo,” and meet local artist Sue Sifton. Wear your best western duds for the costume contest. San Diego Natural History Museum. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: Included with membership and paid admission.

Japanese Cultural Program: Families participate in a craft & game activity expressing Japanese culture. San Marcos Library. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Price: Free.

SEA Days: Uncover ways that people and ocean animals depend on kelp. Meet Scripps coastal researchers, watch an interactive Kelp Tank Dive Show and get your hands slimy with real kelp. Birch Aquarium. 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($9.50-$14).

Family Science Saturdays: Discover novel ways of using ordinary materials to create extraordinary objects. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. 1-3 p.m. Price: Included with admission ($9.75-$15.75).

6th Annual Santa Parade & Tree Lighting: See the 30 foot tree with 10,000 twinkle lights light up the night. Stay for the Santa parade down Main Street. Otay Ranch Town Center. 6-8 p.m. Price: Free.


Encinitas Fall Festival: Featuring over 450 vendor booths and live music. Downtown Encinitas. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Price: Free admission.

Mother Goose Parade: Parade features floats, marching bands, equestrians, clowns, drill teams, celebrities, and more. Downtown El Cajon. 10 a.m. Price: Free.

Family Sunday: Children and families can explore the colorful exhibitions of folk art, craft and design, and win a prize for completing the Treasure Hunt! Mingei International Museum. 12-4 p.m. Price: $5/family, $3/individual.

The Old Globe Tree Lighting. Photo by J. Katarzyna Woronowicz.

Cirque du Soleil presents Dralion: Fusing the 3000 year-old tradition of Chinese acrobatic arts with the multidisciplinary approach of Cirque du Soleil, Dralion (pronounced “Dra-lee-on”) draws its inspiration from Eastern philosophy and its never-ending quest for harmony between humans and nature. Valley View Casino Center. 1-3 p.m. Price: $28-$85.

“Pictures at an Exhibition” Family Concert: The Classics Philharmonic Orchestra and Malashock Dance perform a musical tribute to artist Victor Hartmann in an original production of Modest Mussorgsky’s famous Pictures at an Exhibition. Balboa Theatre. 2-3 p.m. Price: $12-$20.

The Old Globe’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: The Old Globe Christmas Tree Lighting will kick off the holiday season in conjunction with the holiday musical, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Old Globe Theatre. 6 p.m. Price: Free, though reservations are required.

*It’s always a good idea to check with the venue before heading out as cancellations, postponements, and date/time changes do occur on occasion.

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